Unofficially, I’d call 2015 the Year of the Woman. Women are doing amazing things, pretty much all the time, but 2015 has been something special when it comes to women moving into uncharted territory and making history. 2015 has seen some amazing women doing some amazing things and the year isn’t even over yet. While I can’t cover all the phenomenal women who have grabbed headlines this year, here are my favorite 7 women who made history in 2015, while inspiring women everywhere:
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1. Misty Copeland:
American ballerina Misty Copeland made history this year when she was promoted to principal ballerina, becoming the first African-American female to do so in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75 year history.
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2. Jen Welter:
Jen Welter made history this year as the first female to coach in the National Football League (NFL). She served as the Arizona Cardinal’s inside linebacker coach in training camp and during the pre-season.
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3. Sarah Thomas:
Continuing with that NFL theme, Sarah Thomas made history this year by becoming the first female official in the NFL.
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4. Honorable Loretta Lynch:
Loretta Lynch was confirmed, this year, as the United States Attorney General, making her the first African-American woman to be appointed to the position.
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5. Brooke Liebsch:
At 14, Brooke Liebsch, technically, isn’t a woman, but she’s every bit as amazing as the rest of the women on this list. She made history this year as the first female quarter back in Liberty North High school’s history. Oh, and by the way, she’s not riding the pine, she’s the team’s starting QB. How’s that for impressive?
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6. Viola Davis:
Veteran actress Viola Davis made history this year for her role as Annalise Keating in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. This year, she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Drama series, making her the first African-American female to win in this category.
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7. Zhou Qunfei:
And last, but certainly not least, is Zhou Qunfei, who went from poor factory worker to becoming the world’s richest self made woman. The entrepreneur founded touchscreen maker Lens Technology. When the company went public this year, Qunfei’s net worth rose to $10 billion (Yes, billion) dollars.
These are the 7 women who made history in 2015 that have inspired me. What women history makers inspired you this year?